(Not for nuthin', but the Mexican Army really needs to install some no-slip flooring the in detention center men's room. Poor Treviño looks like he must have fallen face-first into the edge of the sink three or four times before his booking photo was taken.)
Of course, like many sociopathic Mexicans who use American guns and American money to terrorize other Mexicans in order to ensure the safe passage of America's drug supply, 40 honed his criminal chops in that bastion of zero-tolerance law and order, Texas.
Much remains unknown about Treviño Morales’ time in North Texas and about his transformation from teenage delinquent to cartel capo. But law enforcement officials say his time here was formative, presenting opportunities for the young man and shaping his attitudes, which took on a hard edge. It was here, they say, that Treviño Morales came of age as a criminal.
“Dallas became sort of his playground,” said Jeff Stamm, a veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agent, adding that Treviño Morales and other Zetas-to-be advanced their careers in North Texas. “That’s part of the game here — they can transform themselves.”...
...In his time in Texas, Treviño Morales learned about power, money, weapons and the vast consumer market for illegal drugs, law enforcement officials said. Texas offered opportunities, but with an anti-Mexican bias, a factor that grated on him.
“He felt Mexican immigrants were discriminated against, that Americans were too prejudiced against Mexican immigrants,” said Oscar Hagelsieb, assistant special agent in charge of the investigative unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso.
Film aficionados will recognize this as basically the character-development part of Scarface.
A fifth federal indictment, unsealed in June 2012 in Austin, accuses Treviño Morales and others of banking drug profits in the purchase of more than 400 quarter horses, including top prize winners, in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California. U.S. prosecutors are asking for forfeiture of $60 million in an amended money laundering indictment. ...
Treviño Morales hasn’t been seen in Dallas since 2005, when he was reportedly seen in a strip club, law enforcement officials say...
Needless to say, this should be a pretty interesting trial. With a lot of English-speaking witnesses, we imagine.